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Girmindl's Ghost

A diary of Shaker High School's 2005-2006 basketball season, a retelling of Shaker's fabled 1979-1980 season, and general commentary on high school hoops, updated daily...


"I like sitting in the back row. I found that sitting against the wall is just easier on your back." -Dean Smith, on the comfort of the H-gym bleachers

Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends: First, I don't know if tonight's game is cancelled, but my sources tell me that if it is cancelled, it will be played tomorrow. Shaker isn't closed today, Shen isn't closed today, and the weather is supposed to be fine this afternoon. So I'll bet they'll play. On the other hand, it's not the worst thing in the world to have these friday night road games rescheduled - it definitly reduces the size of the crowd and, in turn, the home-court advantage of Shaker's opponents.

Second, I'm not going to the game tonight/tomorrow. So if anyone who goes wants to write up a quick game summary and email it to me, I'll be glad to post it. And I'd really appreciate it. Even if you're not the best writer, don't worry about it. And you don't have to take notes during the game - just write it up when you get home. That's plenty good enough.

Third, I may or may not post the 6th man interview today. I'll be working on my day job this morning, and this afternoon...well, graduate students aren't the best workers on Friday afternoons, especially when they have Christmas shopping to do. Plus, I kinda want to do a follow up now that everyone is all in a twist about the school's apparent new regulations. Maybe I'll go take those photos of H-gym this afternoon that I've been meaning to get.

Finally, the mailbag, which gets better every day. Reader Erik E. writes:
"I'm the announcer for the basketball games. I share the same complaint with you about the sound system in the gym. I take a lot of heat for people not being able to hear me...a lot of people think it's because I suck...I prefer to blame it on the fact that you can't hear it once there are a few people in the gym. I got a kick out of the part about the 50/50 because it's always interesting to see if we have a winner each night...a lot of the times I end up announcing it many, many times...sometimes we have no winner because no one comes up to claim it (probably because no one heard it in the first place)...anytime the 6th man does a cheer I don't announce the number because I know there is not a chance anyone will hear it...have to pick and choose my spots."
Yup, that's pretty much dead on. I guess my only burning question at this point would be what happens to the 50/50 money if nobody claims it? My vote would be to put the money in a collection until there's enough for a new sound system. Either that or use it to buy 6th man T-shirts, and then launch them into the crowd everytime someone hits a three, like Siena does.

Reader Tim L. comments:
"I was watching the game Tuesday night with my (8 year old) daughter and when she saw the referee standing next to Brad, she made the same oompa-loompa reference you did. We had just watched the movie last week, and the scary thing is that Tuesday's ref not only had the stature of an oompa-loompa, but also looked a heck of a lot like the actor who plays the oompa loompas."
Well, I guess it's reassuring that I'm not the only one seeing these things, although apparently my peer group on this one is primary school children.

See you tomorrow.
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